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My rule of thumb has always been 3 hours per dollar spent, for games as well as DLC. The very best games and DLC alike have given me a cost per hour that my grandmother could have afforded when she was a child in the 1930s going to the movies for a nickel.

To whichever Kotaku commenter mentioned the Tropico 4 for $9.99 deal on Steam last week during the SimCity kerfuffle (I forget who it was):

Anyone else use video games as equal parts timekiller and actual clock? My girlfriend just went to take a nap, and she said "wake me up in an hour"...exactly as much time as required for me to sneak a game of NBA 2K12 and look like Mr. Wonderful when I go in right on schedule and spare her the bother of an alarm